Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Oils for me Pirates

Shiver me Timbers! Thar a mighty fine loot!

Wet me pipe with NingXia Red!  Sweet and tangy with powerful antioxidants to keep ye buoyed up!  

Swab the decks with Thieves Household Cleaner! Concentrated and safe fer ye mates!

Stress Away do as ye says!  Be it a crew of picaroons or scallyways, ye stay jolly!  Arrrgh!

Lemon Vitality in due course on me bunny grub!  Add jolly good flavor to any meal!

Heave ho! Heave ho! Me work hard all day long and end me feeling like a sea dog!  PanAway and Copaiba Vitality soothe me tired muscles and keep me well.

Whether ye landlubber can’t find ye sea legs or ye ate too much Loblobby and HardTack, DiGize Vitality help ye stomach be jolly!

Sharkbait, sniff some Peppermint and get buoyed up!  Peppermint freshen me senses and cool me skin!

Me thinks for when I bum squabbled and devil to pay. Frankincense grounds me on the high seas, awakens my senses, and is in me Brain Power.

Ye Poxy, use Thieves o’ go ye down a Davy Jones’ Locker!  Boost ye immune system and stay away from ye scurvy!

Freshen up thee bilge rat and keep ye breathin sea air with Citrus Fresh and Raven.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The best part of camping - Marshmallows

Did you know that you can make marshmallows?!?  You can!  We have been doing it for years.  When our daughter was diagnosed with food allergies and sensitivities to food dyes, I was pretty unphased until I flipped over the package of marshmallows.  NOOOOOOO.... WHY?!?  Why must something so white and fluffy and pretty and yummy contain food dyes?!?  Since then our view on food has changed quite a bit and I realize marshmallows are not the healthiest thing on the market to begin with, but marshmallows are an essential part of family camping trips.  So, determined to maintain family camping traditions, I started researching how to make marshmallows.  We learned it's actually quite easy and FUN to make your own creations.

1 cup of water (divided)
3 TBSP gelatin
1 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
optional - Young Living Vitality essential oils (ex: Peppermint Vitality, Orange Vitality)
optional - toppings of your choice (coconut chips, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, etc.)

1.  In a large mixing bowl add 1/2 cup of water and 3 TBSP of gelatin.
2.  On the stove bring 1/2 cup of water, 1 cup of honey, 1 tsp of vanilla, and 1/2 tsp of salt to a rolling boil.
3.  Boil, stirring frequently, for about 6 minutes.
4.  Add slowly to the gelatin water (which by now the water should have absorbed the gelatin and be a thick gel) and mix on low (being careful not to splatter any because it is HOT!).
5.  Increase speed to high and mix for about 10 minutes (it will become like marshmallow fluff).  If you would like to flavor your marshmallows, you can add a few drops of Vitality essential oils at this time.  Peppermint Vitality or Orange Vitality are two of our favorite flavors.

6.  Pour into an 8x8 pan coated with parchment paper.

7.  Let sit and dry for about 8 hours.  Slice with a plastic knife.  You can roll it in cocoa powder, coconut flakes, or a topping of your choice.

You can also get creative with this recipe.  We like to make marshmallow pies by layering ingredients, like crushed coconut chips, the marshmallow fluff, and chocolate chips.